Work Sample : Mel

Activity : What's the problem?

    What's the problem? - Mel : Grade Commentary

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Mel has demonstrated thorough knowledge and understanding of fractions and decimals. All four operations have been used with a high level of competence. The questions are varied but word problems have not been included. Complex, multi-step problems have been provided and there is some use of brackets but it is not always accurate. Negative numbers have been used and division remainders have been identified as fractions. To improve, Mel could include more complex fractions and revise the use of brackets. This work sample demonstrates characteristics of work typically produced by a student performing at grade B standard at the end of Stage 3.

Grade B

The student has a thorough knowledge and understanding of the content and a high level of competence in the processes and skills. In addition, the student is able to apply this knowledge and these skills to most situations.

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Foundation Statement strands

The following strands are covered in this activity:

  • Working Mathematically
    Students ask questions and undertake investigations, selecting appropriate technological applications and problem-solving strategies. They use mathematical terminology and some conventions and they give valid reasons when comparing and selecting from possible solutions, making connections with existing knowledge and understanding.
  • Number
    Students read, write and order numbers of any size, selecting and applying appropriate mental, written or calculator strategies for the four operations. They compare, order and perform calculations with simple fractions, decimals and simple percentages and apply the four operations to money in real-life situations. Students place the likelihood of simple events in order on a number line from 0 to 1.
  • Patterns and Algebra
    Students record and describe geometric and number patterns using tables and words. They construct, verify and complete number sentences involving the four operations.
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